Category Archives: Book Review

It’s not all round, spinning things with music here at the Post-Punk Monk. We’re literate, too!

Book Review: Dave Thompson – Sparks | No. 1 Songs In Heaven

After finally seeing the splendor and glory of Sparks in concert last month, getting my paws on one of the scant english language books on the band Sparks. As far as I can tell, there are three; each released at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard Barone – Frontman | Surviving The Rock Star Myth

I always liked Richard Barone. I remember seeing a bit of the primeval video clip for his band The Bongos’ early single of T-Rex’s “Mambo Sun” and noting the band’s coolness. Around the same time [late ’81] I also started … Continue reading

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Book Review: In The Pleasure Groove | Love, Death + Duran Duran – John Taylor

I was dimly aware the ex-Duran guitarist Andy Taylor had written an autobio several years ago, but did I really want to hear the story of Andy “coke-face” Taylor? I never really liked his guitar playing in the band, truth … Continue reading

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Book Review: Magazine | The Biography – Helen Chase

Helen Chase’s biography of Magazine was a book that I was eager to buy. That says reams, since over the last decade, I’ve thinned many books out of my “library.” This is because I have come to realize that music … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nileism | The Strange Course of the Blue Nile – Allan Brown

I’ve been a huge fan of the brilliant Scot band The Blue Nile since their singular debut album of 1983 blew my mind in a big way on its release. Here was a band who managed to outstrip all other … Continue reading

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Book Review: Totally Wired | Postpunk Interviews And Overviews – Simon Reynolds

Well, you know that I would end up owning this. It was just a matter of time. I discovered Reynold’s partially gratifying/partially maddening “Rip It Up And Start Again” online when it came out, and secured a UK edition prior … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Ain’t No Disco | New Wave Album Covers – Jennifer McKnight-Trontz

This is the sort of book I could have cranked out in my sleep. As a graphic designer who collects this period, my knowledge of the field certainly eclipses the author’s, judging by the text. In my hands, the scant … Continue reading

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